Search Results: "Rich Curtin"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Perceptive storytelling energized by an admirable protagonist and refined prose."
In the first of the Manny Rivera Mystery series, a collection of rare, valuable Native American pottery leads to deceit and murder. Read full book review >

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Released: March 19, 2012

"A clear boost of maturity from both the series' star and the author; readers will be on the lookout for much more of the deputy sheriff."
Curtin's second mystery (Artifacts of Death, 2011) is a case of coverups and stolen identities in the deserts of Moab, Utah. Read full book review >

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ONE GOOD PUNCH by Rich Wallace
FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Readers will wish there were more to it. (Fiction. YA)"
To everyone around him, Michael Kerrigan is "almost too good to be true." Read full book review >

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SECOND-STRING CENTER by Rich Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2007

"However, for reluctant readers and sports fans, this, like the rest of the series, is a strong choice. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cornell "Dunk" Duncan and his team from Dunk Under Pressure (2006) return for another in the Winning Season series. Read full book review >

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ALIS by Naomi Rich
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Particularly undeveloped is the flimsy prophetic construct of Alis's forced marriage: The answer provided for why Alis's otherwise loving parents would promise her so seems tacked on and unconvincing. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
This compelling, briskly paced tale of a girl's flight from her home to escape an arranged marriage is ultimately too thin on details to be completely satisfying. Read full book review >

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PERPETUAL CHECK by Rich Wallace
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A decent choice for boys looking for mental rather than physical adventures. (Fiction. YA)"
Fighting, flirting and familial pressure set the scene for an intense day at a regional chess tournament. Read full book review >

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SHOTS ON GOAL by Rich Wallace
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Engrossing fare. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wallace flattens the sophomore jinx in this taut, present-tense tale of an underdog high-school soccer team battling internal dissension, set in the same Pennsylvania town as his strong debut, Wrestling Sturbridge (1996). Read full book review >

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WRESTLING STURBRIDGE by Rich Wallace
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"The young characters here, male and female, are all athletes, but not stereotyped jocks, and Wallace limns the pleasures and limitations of small-town culture with a sure hand. (Fiction. 12-15)"
This strong debut, set in a small Pennsylvania town where local sports rule, pits a senior wrestler against both a close friend and the prospect of a dead-end, beer-and-factory-work future. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1993

"An unmemorable but good-hearted addition to the tradition of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale."
A Christian businessman offers an inspirational blueprint for happiness—which includes ownership of a small business, unlimited opportunity to accumulate wealth, and development of a ``positive, compassionate'' stance toward one's own and others' ``dreams.'' In bite-sized segments with subtitles like ``Who Was Karl Marx and Why Was He So Angry at Capitalism?'' and ``Winners Heeded! Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"A quick, smoothly readable account of Lincoln the political striver, the embodiment of the Declaration's 'central idea…that every man can make himself.'"
The editor of the National Review sketches the political character of our 16th president. Read full book review >

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My Life at the Bottom of the Food Chain by Rich Samuels
Released: May 17, 2013

"A witty, if uneven, YA novel, and a valuable addition to topical literature about bullying."
In Samuels' droll debut YA novel, a 13-year-old obsessed with bullies becomes entangled in compromising situations. Read full book review >

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CODE OF CONDUCT by Rich Merritt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Intriguing subject, terrible execution."
A novel of romance and intrigue from former Marine Merritt (Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star, 2005). Read full book review >